Govt to honour best ULBs

The parameters considered for shortlisting the local bodies for the awards include efficiency in providing civic amenities like water supply, streetlights, parks, health services, garbage collection and segregation, besides financial management.

Addressing a press conference in Bangalore, Law and Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar said the three prizes will be presented in each category of urban local bodies.

Suresh Kumar said the local bodies were asked to send monthly reports on the quality of services provided by them. A total of 213 local bodies including eight corporations have sent in their applications for the awards.

The first prize for the best corporation is a special grant of Rs 10 lakh, for best CMC will get Rs five lakh and best TMC and TP will get Rs three lakh each. The awards will be announced and presented at the Jnana Jyothi Auditorium in Central College campus on Tuesday.

Replying to queries, Suresh Kumar said the government in principle is in favour of an elected mayor for BBMP. However, a final decision in this regard will be taken by the Cabinet when it approves the Bangalore Metropolitan Governance Bill, he added.

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